Pointer Football Kicks Off New Season
Photo by Kylie Bridenhagen.

Pointer Football Kicks Off New Season

Goerke Field is fresh and ready for purple and yellow cleats to dig deep into it’s turf.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Football team is blowing the whistle to begin another year of entertaining football. Yet again, the coaching staff and team is working hard toward a successful season.

“Our primary outcome goal is to always win the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference,” said head coach Tom Journell.

Head UWSP football coach Tom Journell speaks to a referee during the Pointers season opening game against St. Norbert College on Sept. 3 in De Pere, Wis. Photo by Kylie Bridenhagen.

Head UWSP football coach Tom Journell speaks to a referee during the Pointers season opening game against St. Norbert College on Sept. 3 in De Pere, Wis. Photo by Kylie Bridenhagen.

Journell is entering his fifth season as head coach, Assistant Head Coach Aaron Vlcko is in his sixth, while Sam Kent and Mike Tatten are entering their first season here at UWSP as defensive line and offensive line coaches.

The team focuses on a positive attitude on, and off, the field to reach its goal. Along with supporting one another in practice and games. Not only does the team strive for athletic success, but also success in their academic and community roles.

How are all of these goals met? “The coaching staff changes every year, but the principles and goals stay the same,” Journell said.

The Pointers represent much more than a football team, they represent a proud town and University.

“Stacking Ws” is a term the team uses to focus on success every single day. “We expect overwhelming success academically and athletically,” Journell said.

Combining both old and new coaches, the team will have an outstanding coaching staff directing them.

Making up the Pointers’ Football Team are 12 seniors, 24 juniors, 35 sophomores and 45 freshman.

“I am most looking forward to being with my teammates and growing better as a team everyday,” said senior offensive lineman Adam Prince. “As a team, we are mainly looking to get better from week to week and focus on one game at a time. Along with getting better, we are looking to develop better team chemistry,” said Prince.

The UWSP football team looks on from the sideline during the Pointers season opening game against St. Norbert College on Sept. 3 in De Pere, Wis. Photo by Kylie Bridenhagen.

The UWSP football team looks on from the sideline during the Pointers season opening game against St. Norbert College on Sept. 3 in De Pere, Wis. Photo by Kylie Bridenhagen.

Football games have been absent for nearly nine months and as the first game approaches the team becomes more excited day by day.

The Spud Bowl against Albion on Sep.10, the Pink game against UW-Platteville on Oct. 8 and Homecoming against UW-Oshkosh on Oct. 15 are all thrilling events to come watch and support the team that works so hard to “stack W’s.”

Supporters of the Pointer Football Team can help reach a win by creating large exciting crowds in the stands. “Come out to Goerke and cheer us on,” Journell said, “Huge, loud crowds make a difference for our team.”

 

Sydney DenHartigh

Reporter

Sydney.L.DenHartigh@uwsp.edu

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